See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us
"I had 380 Sundancer before this boat, and had a stressful time driving it in the very beginning. I did some research and put the Sideshift Bow and Stern thrusters on. To be honest, after 3 seasons of driving it I got kind of spoiled with the level of control that it gave me – in any sized slip or windy conditions. When our family upgraded to the 48’ Sea Ray, it came with a bow thruster from the factory, but it didn’t have a Stern Thruster. I felt in my first windy situation that I was missing some of the control that I really wanted to have. We investigated getting a Stern Thruster put on the boat, and some of the quotes we were getting were as high as $20,000. When I went back to Sideshift, it was awesome because it was only a fraction of that price. We got it installed, and I’m happy to report we got that same level of control in the new boat! One of the criteria I had was that I didn’t want to put any holes in the boat under the waterline, so it was nice that the Sideshift mounts above the waterline. Very non-intrusive. I can tell you that Sideshift makes boating amazing."
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"We have the retractable thrusters mounted at the bow and the stern. Our boat is long, without the side thrusters we would have a hard time maneuvering in the narrow canal. We use the thrusters to keep us positioned if we need to stop, to dock the boat, or to turn the boat around. When the side thrusters are on the passengers don't even know we're using them, and they don't use much power. Without them it would make my job pretty difficult!"
Captain Adam, Rideau Canal Cruises
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"I have a Bow and a Stern Sideshift Thruster. When we moved up to the 32' Carver with the Flybridge, it was intimidating. It's wider, it's longer, not as easy to see off, and any breeze at all and you are a kite. Having the thrusters on this boat has enabled us to go out whereas, before we had the thrusters on, there were days we wouldn't go out because of the conditions. It's very nice to be able to catch the bow when the wind comes up, especially if I am backing in to a slip. I haven't noticed any difference in performance at slow or high speeds. Tight slips, wind, docking on the wrong side, whatever – it just takes all the stress out of my boating. There won't be another boat I'll own without Sideshift Thrusters on it."
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Works fantastic. As you would imagine, coming into a slip with two feet on one side and one foot on the other with a 58 ft houseboat in a crosswind can be a bit challenging! I used to sweat a lot bringing it in, but not anymore. I know, even in wind, I can do it with little problems. What a huge difference these make! Should be standard on every houseboat."
New Palestine, IN, USA
"I couldn't have been more satisfied with the entire purchasing process with Sideshift. Their customer service and technical support teams were very knowledgeable and patient with all of my questions and concerns. Installation was done entirely by myself while our 25' Harris Grand Mariner tri-toon was on it's lift at our dock. All instructions were clearly written along with drawings and photos to help identify each step. Parts were packaged exceptionally well and the complete unit arrived without one scratch and with almost everything needed for my particular installation. All components exposed to the environment appear to be either stainless steel, anodized or powder-coated. We have many restaurants around the Lake of the Ozarks here in Missouri and their various docks can get pretty congested on the weekends. Add a little wind to the equation, and docking can be a real challenge. I know that the Sideshift will make anyone look like a pro - whether you are pulling in or backing in."
Gravois Mills, MO, USA
"My wife wanted to sell the boat because of the lack of maneuverability. We bought bow and stern thrusters and now love the boat."
Ottawa, ON, CAN
"Fantastic! I have the pontoon thruster and it makes "canal cruising" a breeze. Even in a gusty wind and incoming tide it makes turning around SOOOO much easier!"
Ft Myers, FL, USA
"Customer service was above average. Thruster is working good and really helps back my 55 foot house boat into its slip. Considering buying one for the stern. "
Glendale, AZ, USA
"What a difference - no more stress even on a windy day. Thanks for all of your help."
Seal Beach, CA, USA
"The bow thruster is a super addition to my boat. I am fairly new at boating, so docking was always a bit stressful, but not at all now. In fact, I use the boat more often, because I am comfortable taking it out in less than perfect weather (unlike before). Plus, I now can take it out without having to have someone along to help me tie up back in the slip. Just "thanks" for helping improve my boating experience."
Sarasota, FL, USA
"Single screw boat so I would be lost without it."
Sarnia, ON, Canada
"It works excellent"
Plainfield, CT, USA
"Support was very good. I had the unit professionally installed. Seems to work well"
Anacortes, WA, USA
"Works like a charm. We've used it 6-7 times so far and the benefits were seen immediately."
Brunswick, GA, USA
"I picked up the PT230 Kit in Ottawa and customer service was excellent. The installation instructions were easy to follow and completed in one day. I am required to dock on many unfamiliar docks in the 1000 Islands near Gananoque. The thruster has allowed me to dock and leave with ease. I have used a Sideshift Thruster for 4 years and will continue to use one as long as I am a boater."
Gananoque, ON, Canada
"Purchasing and installing was excellent, all my questions were answered by knowledgeable staff. Thruster works very well, good power for older heavy boats. More confident when docking."
Mont. St. Hilaire, QC, Canada
"Really like the thrusters. Makes docking my 38’ Sea Ray a lot easier."
Washington, PA, USA
"Thruster is providing ability to steer in reverse which is otherwise not possible on the single engine, small rudder configuration of my boat."
Owings, MD, USA
"I installed it myself and I found it extremely easy. It works great - my boat doesn't have a bow thruster, and with twin engines all I have to do is put the bow near the dock and the Stern Thruster does the rest. Great product, I recommend it."